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We are a publication of Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to driving science into public discussion and policy on environmental health issues, including climate change.

We are an independent, reader- and foundation-funded organization that reports, publishes and curates journalism on environmental topics. We have two goals:

  1. Put events and science driving the day's news in a larger context
  2. Share our perspective as journalists and scientists with considerable expertise in the field.

We've been at this since 2002 and have published EHN.org continuously since Aug. 2, 2003.

Why do we publish news you don't like?

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We get this question a lot.

We review and curate hundreds of stories and opinion pieces on vital issues every week involving health, pollution, nature, energy and more. Passions run high on these topics, and both science and politics can be contentious.

We have a high opinion of our readership; we don't believe that you need to be protected from exposure to news perspectives or opinions with which you may strongly disagree. Our assumption is that we do our job best by showing you a broad sampling of what's being written and reported on the topics we all care about. You may not like everything we post. But as journalists, we're committed to showing you the whole picture.

Commitments and beliefs

Environmental Health Sciences believes

  • That high quality science should be the foundation of public health policy.
  • That jointly with science, those whose health is affected by policy should have the driving voices in the creation of those policies.
  • That our work needs to call out injustices, point to solutions and spur action leading to quantifiable, sustainable improvements to our health and environment.
  • That science and journalism can objectively shape public discussion and activate people to make healthy, informed choices about their health and wellbeing.
  • That forces pushing false anti-science, anti-civil society narratives stand to reap considerable economic and political rewards, and that an environment encouraging the public's open-minded, unbiased consideration of the best available scientific information does not exist by accident and in fact needs support.
  • That progress is never a result of scientific discovery alone; it requires other forces: crusading journalism, advocacy, politics.
We work to create a world in which
  • the public and private sector policies governing the manufacture and use of chemicals encourage inherently safe materials;
  • chemists use design tools to avoid synthesizing hazardous materials;
  • the health costs of harmful chemicals are no longer externalized;
  • the harmful effects of agricultural chemicals on soil fertility are eliminated thereby heightening food security;
  • the neurological effects of chemical exposures no longer diminish intellectual and emotional intelligence and cease their contributions to other neurological maladies, including those of aging;
  • chemical impacts on our immune systems no longer make us vulnerable to pathogens nor cause autoimmune disorders;
  • communities take steps now to protect their citizens from potential disruptions of society resulting from large scale human impacts on the environment.

EHS' commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

EHS brings an equity-rooted focus to its work contextualizing science, improving our health, and making our environment safer and more sustainable for all.

These following guiding principles are simply the beginning of our work to address social and environmental injustice and inequity. Special thanks to the Heinz Endowments for supporting this work and providing the foundation for this framework.

By focusing on equity, we aim to transform the root causes of structural environmental inequity, so we no longer have to remedy its symptoms.

Our values

EHS believes that equity work happens at the intersection of power and opportunity. We work with and within science and journalism to elevate power within communities and create opportunities so that race, gender, and/or ZIP code do not predict your health or environment.

We also believe that equity does not happen by chance, and EHS will act on and invest in efforts that measure, track and close outcome gaps. That requires looking in as well as out, and EHS will spend time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within its board, staff, partners and advisory bodies.

Equity is an intentional, urgent attempt to right historical wrongs through systems-building. Outcome gaps plague our country and region because of practices that harm underrepresented communities. This improved collective wellbeing is a shared right and shared responsibility. We believe that, jointly with science, those whose health is affected by policy should have the driving voices in the creation of those policies.

Our work & commitment

We recognize that structural environmental inequities must be relentlessly exposed, measured and disrupted. We do so using data, history and stories to explain the systems and structures supporting long-standing inequities.

We use science whenever possible, but we also recognize that our goal is to change people's lives and environments for the better. As we unwind the systems that created historic and ongoing inequities, we use stories and journalism to breathe life into tangible impacts of those inequities – and to highlight paths toward a more equitable future.

We further recognize that we have much work to do within our organization. While we operate from a perspective of urgency, we recognize that these inequities are endemic both within and without our spheres of influence.

We work urgently and believe in a growth mindset: We accept that moving in a new direction requires new navigation skills, disruption and sometimes setbacks. We need a mix of short- and long-term goals, keeping in mind always that progress is ours to accelerate.

Republishing our work

We are glad to share our original articles under the terms of Creative Commons' Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license.

We ask that you attribute the author and Environmental Health News as the original source and provide a link back to our article at the beginning of your repost. You are also welcome to post just the beginning of an article with a link to EHN.org to continue reading.

We'd like to know if you are republishing our work. Please send an email to senior editor Brian Bienkowski (bbienkowski@ehn.org) or director Douglas Fischer (dfischer@ehsciences.org) with a link to the republished article.

Images, graphics and videos are not always included in this license. For questions related to republishing any of these visuals, please email either bbienkowski@ehn.org or dfischer@ehsciences.org.

Funding

Environmental Health Sciences is a project of Virginia Organizing, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Charlottesville, Va., and dedicated to fighting injustice.

Editorial independence and integrity is paramount. We are committed to practicing journalism according to its highest standards.

Funding comes from readers like you (donate here to support our journalism!), advertising and several foundations:

  • Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Marisla Foundation
  • Broad Reach Fund
  • Turner Foundation
  • Forsythia Foundation
  • Grantham Foundation
  • The Heinz Endowments

You can find more information about Virginia Organizing, including its most recent federal 990 Forms, here on Guidestar.

EHS Advisory Board

As a project of Virginia Organizing, EHS does not have a governing board. But we do rely on a diverse group of distinguished leaders in their respective fields for guidance and strategic advice:

Dr. Pete Myers, chair, founder and chief scientist, EHS

Julie Jones, co-founder, Advancing Green Chemistry

Lina Constantinovici, founder, Innovation 4.4

Marty Kearns, founder, Netcentric Campaigns

Derrick Jackson, climate and energy fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists

Matt Kayhoe, CEO, Kayhoe Consulting

More information about our board is available here.

Privacy policy

Our policy is simple: We value your privacy as much as ours. Read how we do so here.

Contact information

Douglas Fischer, executive director
Environmental Health Sciences
1410 S. Montana Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715

406-600-8469

feedback@ehn.org

Our Team: Douglas Fischer, executive editor

Douglas Fischer

Douglas atop Mt. Baldy, just outside Bozeman, Mont.

Fischer is passionate about driving science into public discussion and policy on environmental health, justice and climate issues. He has been with Environmental Health Science since 2008, when he joined to help launch EHN.org's sister site, DailyClimate.org. Fischer has spent 25 years in journalism, including stints at the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune and Newsweek. He lives with his wife and two children in Bozeman, Mont., where he is an elected member of the Bozeman School District Board of Trustees.

Reach him on Twitter @CptnClmt. Email him at dfischer@ehsciences.org. Or call his cell: 406-600-8469.

Pete Myers, founder and chief scientist

Pete Myers

Myers founded Environmental Health Sciences in 2002. He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from UC Berkeley and a BA from Reed College. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Va. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a 1996 book that explores the scientific basis for how contamination threatens fetal development. He is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.

Among many awards, Myers received the $50,000 Frank Hatch "Sparkplug Award" for Enlightened Public Service from the John Merck Fund in 2013, the Laureate Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Endocrine Society in 2016 and the "Distinguished Achievement Award" from the Sierra Club in 2017. He was also named one of the first-ever "Champions of Environmental Health Research" by the National Institutes of Health.

A lifelong birder, Myers' photographs of birds have appeared in several shows and publications.

JPMyers CV.pdf

Reach Myers on Twitter @petemyers or via email at jpmyers@ehsciences.org.

Brian Bienkowski, senior editor

Brian Bienkowski

Bienkowski joined EHN in 2012 and had an immediate impact, anchoring a reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for EHN.org's 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and has received awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and The Aronson Social Justice Journalism Awards.

He holds a master's degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his wife, Dani, and their four-legged friends in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he can be found working on their organic seed farm, playing mandolin, or pedaling country roads.

Reach Bienkowski via email at bbienkowski@ehsciences.org.

Kristina Marusic, reporter

Kristina Marusic

Marusic joined EHN in 2018 to cover environmental health and justice issues in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining EHN, Marusic covered issues related to environment and social justice as a freelancer for a wide range of digital media outlets including the Washington Post, Slate, Vice, Women's Health, MTV News, The Advocate, and Bustle. Her reporting on environmental health in western Pennsylvania for Public Source won a first-place award in the Keystone Society of Professional Journalists' Spotlight Contest in 2017.

Marusic holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Hofstra University, and is the co-founder and chair of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association of LGBT Journalists (a.k.a. NLGJA). She lives with her partner in Pittsburgh where she spends much of her free time kayaking the city's iconic three rivers, consuming artisanal coffee and eating adventurously.

Reach Marusic on Twitter @KristinaSaurusR or via email at kmarusic@ehn.org.

María Paula Rubiano A., assistant editor

Rubiano joined EHN in 2022, seven years after starting her career as a journalist in her native Colombia, where she's currently based. Previously she had covered environmental justice, climate change, biodiversity, and Indigenous communities as a freelancer for publications like Science, Audubon, Yale Environment 360, Atlas Obscura, among others.

She joined the ranks of science journalism after realizing that she had more in common with her colleagues at the science desk in one of Colombia's most respected newspapers, El Espectador, than with her co-workers in the justice beat. In 2020, partially funded by New York University's Global Journalist fellowship, she graduated from the master's program in Science, Environmental and Health Reporting. She has also been a fellow for The Open Notebook and Grist.
Reach her on Twitter @Pau_Erre or via email, mrubiano@ehsciences.org.

Gwen Ranniger, communications and engagement

Gwen Ranniger

Ranniger joined EHN in 2020 and aids the team in special projects, general program upkeep, and archival revitalization. She completed a bachelor's degree in Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, additionally graduating with three minors in History, European Studies, and Communications because one just wasn't enough.

She resides in Anchorage, Alaska, after living in rain-drenched Ketchikan, Alaska, for the majority of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, cooking, and extensively researching niche and trivial subjects.

Peter Dykstra, editor, weekend review

Peter Dykstra

None on our staff has a deeper history in journalism than Dykstra. During a 17-year career at CNN, Dykstra was executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage. He shared an Emmy award for CNN's coverage of the 1993 Mississippi River floods; a Dupont-Columbia Award for the network's reporting on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to CNN, Dykstra was national media director for Greenpeace, setting up the organization's U.S. media operations.

He can be heard weekly on Public Radio International's Living on Earth. Dykstra has a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Boston University and lives in Atlanta.

Reach him on Twitter @pdykstra or via email, pdykstra@ehsciences.org.

Dr. Shanna Swan, adjunct scientist

Dr. Shanna Swan

Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D., is one of the world's leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists. She is Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

She is author of "Count Down," a groundbreaking book – to be published in February 2021 – about the ways in which chemicals in the modern environment are changing human sexuality and endangering fertility on a vast scale.

For over twenty years, Dr. Swan and her colleagues have been studying the dramatic decline in sperm count around the world and the impact of environmental chemicals and pharmaceuticals on reproductive tract development and neurodevelopment. Her July 2017 paper "Temporal Trends in Sperm Count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis" ranked #26 among all referenced scientific papers published in 2017 worldwide.

Dr. Swan has published more than 200 scientific papers and myriad book chapters and has been featured in extensive media coverage around the world. Her appearances include ABC News, NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes, CBS News, PBS, the BBC, PRI Radio, and NPR, as well as in leading magazines and newspapers, ranging from The Washington Post to Bloomberg News to New Scientist.

Megan McLaughlin, researcher

Megan McLaughlin

McLaughlin joined EHN in 2007 as part of the 'night owl' research team, curating content from the Pacific time zone after the East Coast team logged off. She completed a bachelor's degree in International Relations from California State University Chico, and holds masters' degrees in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and in Counseling Education from Portland State University. She teaches online psychology courses when she's not reading articles about environmental health.

A northern California native, she currently lives in the soggy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, reveling in Portland's coffeehouses, breweries, and food carts. She is learning to enjoy running in the rain.

Reach McLaughlin via email at pdx.megan@gmail.com.

Jim Germond, researcher

Germond is an elusive critter, hard to photograph but deeply knowledgable in all things environmental health and climate change. He's a veteran researcher, having curated stories for us since Firefox was the hot new thing in web browsers. He splits his time between New Mexico and Vermont.

Autumn Spanne, researcher, EHN en Español manager

Autumn Spanne

Autumn is an EHN researcher and independent journalist who writes about science, the environment, education, and travel. Her stories have been featured in EHN and The Daily Climate, as well as National Geographic, The Guardian, Reveal, Scientific American, the Christian Science Monitor, InsideClimate News, and CNN. She was a 2016-2017 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a 2006-2007 fellow of the Metcalf Institute for Environmental and Marine Reporting.

Previously, Autumn taught English and journalism on the Navajo Nation and later worked as an editor at Youth Communication, an award-winning educational publishing company in New York that trains young people in writing and journalism. Autumn holds an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, an MA in education from Western New Mexico University, and a BA in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Barcelona.

Former interns

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Regional reporting bureaus

Pittsburgh bridge

In February 2018 we opened in Pittsburgh the first of what will be a string of regional reporting bureaus.

The hope is that, by bringing national attention and expertise to regional environmental health issues, we can raise awareness, spur public literacy, and move the needle locally on key issues involving our health and environment.

Pittsburgh makes a great test case given its national relevance on air quality, asthma, fracking, groundwater pollution and environmental justice. You can find our reporting on those topics and much more on our special Pittsburgh page. You can also get that news weekly in your inbox via our dedicated PGH newsletter, delivered every Friday.

Read more about the bureau, and our philosophy behind it, here.

We're scouting sites now for our second and third bureaus. If you have ideas, email executive director Douglas Fischer at dfischer@ehsciences.org

Virginia Organizing's federal 990 forms:

Virginia Organizing 2016 Form 990.pdf

VO 2017 990.pdf

VA Org 2018 990.pdf

Virginia Organizing 2019 Form 990.pdf

Virginia Organizing 2020 Form 990.pdf

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